Although they get some competition from the pumpkin, apples are one of the true gems of the fall season. From spending a crisp afternoon picking them at an orchard, to adding them to your favorite recipes, the many uses for apples practically grow on trees! Apples are a good source of fiber, which can help reduce cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease. And as the weather cools, it’s reassuring to know apples also contain vitamin C, which can support your immune system.
From appetizers to entrees, apples can fit into any meal. Choose from many varieties including Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Red Delicious, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Opal, Jonagold, Cameo and more. To get you started, we’ve shared some recipes from our chefs and friends to use different varieties of this seasonal fruit while it’s at its peak.
Red Delicious – Overnight Apple N’ Oats
This classic American apple is crunchy and definitely tasty, too. Look for the deep red apples in the produce aisle to enjoy the Red Delicious apple. For a slightly sweet and no cooking required breakfast, try out these grab-and-go overnight oats with Quaker® Old Fashioned Oats.
Granny Smith – Apple Smoothie Bowl
Another popular variety, the Granny Smith is known for its uniquely tart flavor. Many of us haven’t thought of apples as a smoothie fruit – but make no mistake, Granny Smiths’ tart flavor blends well with other fruits to make a tasty smoothie bowl that is irresistible when topped with granola. This quick recipe is perfect for busy fall mornings.
Opal® – Apple, Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup
The Opal® apple doesn’t brown – naturally! If that wasn’t surprising enough, try using this apple variety in a healthy soup. This Opal® Apple, Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup is just as hearty as it is heart-warming. Soup is one of the easiest fall foods to make and the pairings of these ingredients just means lots of flavor. Plus, you can make big batches, freeze it and enjoy it through the winter!
Braeburn – Apple and Nut Butter Sandwiches
The Braeburn apple is crisp and tart with a hint of sweet spice. This bold apple variety is an excellent addition to salads and makes a great snack. Our favorite is apple and nut butter “sandwiches” which gives you healthy carbohydrates your body needs and the protein and fat in the nut butter will also help keep you satisfied. Plus, they’re super quick and fun to make!
This fall, the weather will be beautiful and the harvest bountiful, so make apples the core of the season by planning a day trip to local orchards with friends and family. Try these recipes at home or if you’re dining in one of our locations, enjoy our Apple Cheddar Turkey Burger which combines a juicy patty topped with cheddar and grilled apple slices and lettuce on a whole wheat bun or our Apple Almond Coleslaw which features shredded cabbage, carrots, apples and almonds in a creamy orange yogurt dressing.
Since different varieties of apples ripen at different times, this is an activity you can enjoy several times while trying all types of apples! Plus, with orchards ranging up to 200 acres in size, apple-picking is an easy way to get your family to feed their potential by being active!
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.